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Training Locals for Film Careers

New Mexico’s incentives for film and television were specifically structured to build local jobs. Productions get tax rebates for using and training local crew members. Other states allow productions to get tax credits or rebates on crew members they bring in from elsewhere. Central New Mexico Community College has been a primary source of training to fill that crew pipeline. In this episode, we speak with Jim “Grubb” Graebner, who runs the film technician training program at CNM, about how CNM is adapting and expanding its program to train more crew since Netflix has opened a production hub in Albuquerque and the state expanded its incentives. We also talk with Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice in screenwriting at the University of New Mexico. UNM recently renamed its Department of Film and Digital Arts to the Department of Cinematic Arts, which will focus on film production, gaming and animation, and criticism.  UNM plans to offer classes in acting for the camera, directing, set design and construction, practical special effects and expanded coursework in screenwriting.

Jim “Grubb” Graebner, head, Film Technician Training Program, CNM
Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice, Film & Digital Arts, UNM

More Information:

University of New Mexico Revamps Film Program Amid Demand – by Russell Contreras, Associated Press

CNM, City Unite To Boost Film Program – by Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal

Film Boom In New Mexico Provides Leading Roles for New Mexicans – by Rebecca Atkins,  KRQE-TV

New Mexico Raises Cap On Annual Rebates For Film IndustryAssociated Press